Barcelona star Lionel Messi fired Argentina to an opening 1-0 victory over Ecuador in a FIFA World Cup qualifier on Thursday evening at an empty Bombonera in Buenos Aires.
Messi put his Barcelona troubles behind him as he continued with his good form by netting the only goal of the match in the 13th minute via the penalty spot in what was a tight encounter.
Argentina might have dominated possession but struggled to break down an organised and physical Ecuador outfit. Messi says the most important thing is that his side managed to seal the victory.
“We knew it was going to be complicated. but the most important thing is that we won and now we have to work to keep growing,” Messi said post-match.
“It was important to start off with a win because we know how difficult the World Cup qualifiers are.
“The matches are always tough. We hoped the level of play would be different, but it’s been almost a year since we played together, this was our first game back and the nervousness makes it complicated.
“It was a complicated year for what we are living through,” he added.
“Being able to go back and play with the Argentina national team and give happiness to people with the win, beyond the game, serves to decompress. Much strength to all Argentines,” concluded Messi.
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By FARPost Reporter